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By Roger Harnack
Franklin Connection 

Coyotes, Jaguars fall in Ritzville

Girls travel to Warden on Jan. 3; play the Cougars


Last updated 12/29/2022 at 1:05pm

RITZVILLE — The Bronco girls basketball team closed out the year with two wins the week before Christmas.

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington girls dunked Columbia (Burbank), 48-32, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, and edged Tri-Cities Prepartory, 44-41, on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

On the road against the Columbia Coyotes, the Broncos came out on fire, running up a 15-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Coyotes cut the margin, outscoring Lind-Ritzvillle, 12-8.

At the half, the Broncos led the Coyotes, 23-12.

That’s as close as the game would get.

The Bronco girls exploded again in the third quarter for 17 points, while holding the Coyotes to just 6 to take a 40-18 lead.

The final stanza saw the Broncos post 8 points, but give up 14 for a final score of 48-32.

Individual statistics were not available for the game.

Returning home the next night, Zoe Galbreath rocked the court with 17 points for the Broncos, matched by McKaila Balcom for the Jaguars.

The local girls took a 17-8 lead in the first quarter and led 24-18 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Jaguars closed the margin by 4 more points, with the score standing at 37-29 at the end of the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Tri-Cities Prep closed the margin by 5 more points, outscoring the Broncos, 12-7, but not enough to overcome Lind-Ritzville’s lead.

The game ended 44-41, with the Broncos winning the non-league matchup.

Other scorers for the Broncos include Harlee Hennings with 9 points and Maddi Cameron with 8. Addy Colbert added 5 points, Raegan Snider 4 and Saige Galbreath 1.

The Bronco girls will rest this week and return to the court at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, when they travel to Warden to face the Cougars.

Tipoff is at 6 p.m.

Author Bio

Roger Harnack, Publisher

Roger Harnack is the co-owner/publisher of Free Press Publishing. Having grown up Benton City, Roger is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and publisher. He's one of only two editorial/commentary writers from Washington state to ever receive the international Golden Quill. Roger is dedicated to the preservation of local media, and the voice it retains for Eastern Washington.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 5092356184
Twitter: @RogerHarnack


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